Lockers, chewing gum, headphones, tumblr, angst: teenagers. I still feel like a teenager most of the time, and most think I am still one, so this month’s teen-aged theme was easy (for me). – R’s first pick was Jennifer Donnelly’s A Gathering Light, a fictionalized account of a historical crime. As some books do, reading it makes you […]Read more "Teenagers: Donut Club. VI"
Women writers was the brief. Of course I wanted to just take The Secret History, but a book club riddled with classics, literature, and art scholars needs no converting. And as I already gushed over it when we were asked to bring our favourite book, I feel like taking the same book to more than one evening […]Read more "Women Writers: Donut Club. V"
Trouble always befalls me when I am trying to choose a book (or ten) to take to book club. First world problems at its finest. This month’s theme was non-fiction; I had the world to choose from, but I had to choose just one. Or two. Thankfully there were only four that night, so we […]Read more "Non-fiction. Donut Club. IV"
Aoteoroa: The Land of the Long White Cloud. My country, my culture, my home, and the theme of Sunday night’s Donut Club. I have a difficult relationship with New Zealand literature. I love supporting New Zealand talent and culture and believe we have a phenomenal amount of talent for our small size, but when I […]Read more "The Literature of New Zealand: Donut Club. III"
At first there was just three of us lounging on the big leather couches, surrounded by our books. Two more arrived, making a complete set. This month’s theme was ‘not this century’ and we ended up with books spanning from the 4th Century BCE to the 20th Century AD. Two thousand, four hundred years of […]Read more "Not this Century: Donut Club. II"
Clutching a box of donuts and my shoulder sagging from the weight of books in my bag, I walked out of the rain into the bookstore. A quick hello to the girl at the counter (who was reading), we ambled through the cosy glow of the books and headed upstairs. Hearing laughter from C as […]Read more "Your Favourite Book: Donut Club. I"